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Thomas V. Miele Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Thomas V. Miele

Thomas V. Miele (D.O.B - 07/06/90) is wanted by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and a Bench Warrant was issued March 25, 2014 in the Town Of Carmel Court, to answer the charges of Criminal Controlled Substance 7th & Possession of Marihuana. Miele’s last known location is Carmel, NY.

If anyone has any information as to Miele’s whereabouts, please contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department (845) 808-4357. PLEASE DO NOT POST TIPS HERE ON FACEBOOK.

Best Gas Prices In And Around North Salem Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 October 2014

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. Before the weekend begins, find out where the best gas prices are in the Putnam County and North Salem area. The lowest gas prices have been found courtesy of gasbuddy.com .

1st witness called in wrongful conviction lawsuit Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Jeffrey Deskovic, who served 16 years behind bars for rape and murder, is suing Daniel Stephens, a retired Putnam County investigator, and Putnam County itself. The first witness was called in the lawsuit of a former Peekskill man who spent half his life in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

Newburgh Man Charged in Putnam Valley Home Invasion Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Newburgh (NY) resident following his alleged involvement in a Putnam Valley home invasion over the weekend.

At about 8PM on October 12th, Deputies Matthew Monroe and Benjamin Levine were on patrol when they were dispatched to a 9-1-1 call of a reported burglary in progress at a private residence. According to the caller, he was inside his home when he heard loud banging on his front door. The male voice at the door demanded entry into the house and began kicking in the door. Violently forcing his way into the dwelling, the intruder grabbed the 69 year-old homeowner, threatening to kill him. During the altercation, the suspect began to choke the resident when Deputies Levine and Monroe arrived. The deputies entered the residence and observed the two men engaged in a physical altercation. Witnessing the intruder in the process of strangling the homeowner, the deputies ordered the attacker to stop and lay down on the ground, however, he ignored the officer’s command and began walking toward them. Deputy Monroe again ordered the suspect to stop, and when he failed to do so, he deployed his department-owned Taser.

The suspect, identified as 31 year-old William M. Gilligan of 52 South Plank Road, Newburgh, New York, was subdued and taken into custody.

He was charged with a variety of violent felony crimes to include: Burglary in the First and Second Degrees; Assault in the Second Degree; Strangulation in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. Additionally, he was charged with Resisting Arrest, Menacing in the Third Degree, Coercion in the Second Degree and Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree ? all misdemeanor crimes.

The homeowner sustained facial, head, neck, back and chest injuries during the attack. He was examined by members of the Putnam Valley Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Mr. Gilligan was transported to Putnam Hospital Center’s Emergency Department by members of the Garrison Volunteer Ambulance Corps, where he was examined and released. Upon being discharged from the hospital, he was transported to the Putnam County Correctional Facility.

Mr. Gilligan was arraigned before Carmel Town Justice Thomas Jacobellis, acting on behalf of the Town of Putnam Valley Justice Court. He was remanded to jail in lieu of $500,000 cash bail or $1million bond pending his scheduled November 4th appearance in court.

Deputies Monroe and Levine were not injured. They were assisted at the scene by additional Sheriff’s patrols, troopers from the New York State Police, a Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and investigators from the Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The investigation is continuing.

Sheriff Offers Halloween Safety Tips Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is urging County residents to exercise care on October 31st to help ensure the safety of children celebrating Halloween or other harvest season festivities. Parents are urged to observe the following safety tips:

  1. Costume Tips:
    • Face Paint is safer than a mask ? and it’s more fun!
    • If your child does wear a mask, make sure it has adequate holes for proper respiration and peripheral vision.
  2. Trick-or-Treaters should:
    • Wear some sort of reflective clothing.
    • Carry a bright orange bag.
    • Carry a flashlight or glow stick.
    • Walk on the sidewalk or on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  3. Young children should always be accompanied by an adult:
    • Either a parent or older child should stay within close range and never let the children go down a street by themselves. Walk with the children to each house and wait in the driveway or by the door until the children return.
  4. Older children should always travel in pairs or groups ? they should:
    • Never venture down dark, empty streets.
    • Let parents know their route.
    • Always walk together to the front door of each house.
    • Never run across yards or streets.
  5. Avoid dark, unlighted houses:
    • Never go to the door of a house that seems unoccupied or has no outside lights on.
  6. Children should save all candy until they get home:
    • Parents should closely inspect all candy and throw away all unwrapped or opened candy or suspicious looking goodies.
  7. If your child becomes ill, call your doctor or emergency room IMMEDIATELY!
    • Try to determine what the child has eaten and where it came from. Save all wrappers.
  8. Avoid fire hazards:
    • Remember ? your jack-o-lantern and any other electrical decorations can be a fire hazard. Keep them out of the reach of small children and away from flammable materials.
  9. Never leave your house unattended:
    • An empty house on Halloween is an invitation to trouble. If you have to leave your house, make sure all the doors are locked.

Sheriff Smith noted that the Sheriff’s Office, the State Police, and the Carmel, Kent, and Cold Spring Police Departments all plan to have an increased number of patrols on duty during the evening of October 31st. Community organizations like REACT (Radio Emergency Associated Communications Teams) will also have volunteer members out to act as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement.

The Sheriff expressed that he wanted youngsters and families to enjoy the traditional festivities and fun associated with the evening in a safe manner, but said that patrols would not tolerate actions of lawbreakers who compromise other’s safety or perpetrate mischief. ?Children dressing up in cute costumes, getting treats, bobbing for apples–activities like those are the fun and enjoyable parts of the night. But causing mischief and damaging or defacing other people’s property?those are very negative activities that will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.?

The Sheriff reminded residents to dial 911 to report any emergencies. For non-emergency calls, citizens should use the following telephone numbers for law enforcement agencies serving Putnam County:

  • Putnam County Sheriff’s Office 225-4300 or 265-9551
  • New York State Police 279-6161
  • Town of Carmel Police Department 628-1300
  • Town of Kent Police Department 225-4600
  • Village of Cold Spring Police Department 265-9111
  • Village of Brewster Police Department 279-6161
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